Nine die in Indian clashes

Nine people have been killed in India’s western Gujarat state as sectarian violence between rival Hindus and Muslims continues to spiral out of control.

Nine people have been killed in India’s western Gujarat state as sectarian violence between rival Hindus and Muslims continues to spiral out of control.

Police sent to enforce the curfew in Ahmadabad could not prevent last night’s clashes and many homes and shops were destroyed.

Police say more than 900 people have died in the violence, but human rights groups say the death toll is closer to 3,000. Most of the victims were Muslims.

The fighting began on February 27 when a Muslim mob set fire to a train carrying Hindu nationalists from a rally in the town of Ayodha.

The Hindus had been marching in support of plans to construct a temple on the site of a mosque which was demolished amid similar sectarian tensions 10 years ago.

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